FDA Classifies Electronic Cigarettes as Tobacco
The U.S. government has announced that electronic cigarettes will henceforth be classified under tobacco products. Electronic cigarettes also contain nicotine but they do not give out ash or the typical cigarette odor.
Anti-tobacco lobbies expressed disappointed at the decision. They argue that this ruling will enable manufacturers to add nicotine to their products, bypassing regulations. Not surprisingly, a lobby for e-cigarette firms welcomed the decision.
This lobby argues that e-cigarettes are thousands of times less harmful than regular cigarettes and do not alter body or mind functions. The lobby also says e-cigarettes contain five ingredients, all of which have been approved by the FDA.